Grades 5 through 8
The Middle School Program at Visitation Academy follows the guidelines and standards set forth by the New York State Department of Education for Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science. Active learning provides students with the opportunity to explore the curriculum and to deepen their understanding of curriculum content.
All students study French, Music, Art, and Theatre with specialists in these fields. Physical Education takes place either in the gym or on the outdoor field, which is part of the 7.5-acre campus. The Religion program is taught by the Sisters of the Visitation and is rooted in Salesian tradition and gospel values.
The Visitation school environment is a safe and positive atmosphere for critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. The small class size fosters creativity and provides individual attention to students’ needs and development. Students have exceptional opportunities for on-going learning experiences in an environment that promotes self-esteem, respect for others, and an appreciation of diversity in gifts, beliefs, and customs.
Reading, writing, and analysis take place across disciplines. Expository writing is used in all subject areas. Students are grouped heterogeneously and learn to work independently and as part of a collaborative group. Projects and presentations are part of each unit of study. Traditional and alternative assessments are conducted on a regular basis, giving students the opportunity to express their knowledge in a variety of formats.
Technology is an integral part of the curriculum. Classes in all subject areas are regularly held in the Media Center. Students gain proficiency with a variety of computer programs and applications. The Media Center facilitates a deeper understanding of concepts studied through the use of the Internet, computer software, and mediums other than print.